Boston College Tops Syracuse, 28-7

PHOTO: Eagles wide receiver Sherman Alston (6) scores a touchdown past Syracuse Orange safety Darius Kelly (8)
Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON (BCEagles.com and AP) - Tyler Murphy set the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback and threw a TD pass to lead Boston College to a 28-7 win over Syracuse on Saturday.

Tyler Rouse added a 42-yard scoring run and Jon Hilliman had a 7-yarder for the Eagles (7-5, 4-4 ACC), who are bowl-eligible for the second straight season under second-year coach Steve Addazio. It was also Boston College's second consecutive year with seven victories.

Murphy, a graduate transfer from Florida, had 11 carries for 20 yards, giving him 1,079 for the season. Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler held the previous mark with 1,061 yards, set in 2001.

AJ Long had 4-yard TD run, but completed just 7 of 18 passes for 59 yards with a costly interception that led to a Boston College TD.

It was the fifth straight loss for Syracuse (3-9, 1-7).

Murphy completed 13 of 17 passes for 160 yards with no interceptions.

The Eagles marched in for a go-ahead score late in the first half when Murphy - off a well-designed play fake - hit Sherman Alston with a 26-yard TD pass with 1:10 to play. Murphy faked a handoff, stepped toward the line briefly before taking a step back and finding Alston wide-open in the right corner of the end zone, making it 14-7.

Boston College capitalized on linebacker Mike Strizak's interception of Long at Syracuse's 30 on the Orange's first possession of the second half. Three plays later, Hilliman's TD run made it 21-7.

Murphy set up the score with his record-breaking run around the left end, taking the ball to the 10.

Rouse's TD run put the game away - on his first carry of the day - with just under 9 minutes left.

Coming off a tough 20-17 loss at No. 1 Florida State last Saturday, Boston College jumped ahead 7-0 when Myles Willis took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score.

Syracuse tied it late in the opening quarter on Long's TD run off a read-option, taking it in around the right side.

At the end of the first quarter, Boston College celebrated the 30th anniversary of its 1984 team - infamous for the "Miracle in Miami" when Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie completed a TD pass on the game's final play to beat the Hurricanes.

Late in the first quarter, there was a brief melee in front of Syracuse's bench. Three Orange players were assessed personal fouls, including an ejection of defensive lineman Ryan Sloan. BC's players, including Murphy, started sprinting from their sidelines, but they were stopped by the coaches.

Flutie had held the school's career rushing record, gaining 939 yards in four seasons (1981-84).